South Carolina Wildlife recently met with Greenwood native and FLW pro angler Brandon Cobb. Listen in as Cobb gives advice to young anglers. For the full interview, please visit scwildlife.com.
Do you really love to fish? So much so that you just can’t get enough time on the water? Then maybe you have what it takes to be a tournament angler or maybe even a pro who earns a living casting lures and reeling in the big bucks. To help you get started, many schools and communities offer bass fishing teams and clubs where young anglers go on to fish in SCDNR sponsored tournaments for scholarship money and some cool gear, too.
Amateur tournament angler Andy Wicker learned the basics fishing with his dad, before fishing teams were popular for middle and high school students. Later he went on to help found Clemson University’s popular college fishing team. Wicker and a few friends were lured to the sport by their love for fishing and a drive to compete. After college, Wicker went on to a career with the SCDNR as a professional engineer, but he still competes in local and regional tournaments almost every weekend.
Photos courtesy Andy Wicker
One of his college friends, Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, was also integral in establishing the Clemson fishing team, but Cobb was not able to shake the dream of fishing in the big leagues, and now he is a pro angler on the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) tour. Both Cobb and Wicker encourage young anglers to avoid the temptation to get involved in the business of fishing too quickly. “Sponsors will come if you have good fishing fundamentals under your belt,” Wicker said.
Photos by Maria LaRocca
Cobb agrees, stressing that learning to fish comes before competing at any level. So get out there on the water. Maybe you too can cast for a future in tournament fishing.
Visit www.scwildlife.com to check out South Carolina Wildlife magazine’s full interview with Brandon Cobb.